Monday, August 22, 2011

Classic Cool

Can't go wrong a classic look...evidence Charlize Theron.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

The Bag to Buy?

Chloe Marcie tote
I've been asked a lot lately about fall bags... what to buy?! Seems to be the first thing everyone wants to purchase for fall.  It's the best way to refresh a wardrobe and get excited for the new season.  I have to admit I am not totally sure what the bag-to-have it is... (I am still thinking of a new Balenciaga bag or just pulling out my old ones.) There are so many factors to consider -- work, kids, style, lifestyle...  But usually, it just comes down to lust. 

I do know I am loving the Chloe Marcie totes -- especially the ones in a rugged-brown leather.  Ditto the Proenza Schouler PS1 bags.

Chloe Marcie tote

Proenza Schouler PS1

And an Alexander Wang Emile bag continues to be at the top of my wishlist -- so chic and so cool.

Alexander Wang Emile tote
Oftentimes, once you fall in love with a good everyday bag, your new season's wardrobe just evolves around it. Decisions, decisions.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Classic Combo


I popped into J.Crew today to check out the new fall merch, and was instantly attracted to all the orange and camel. The bright and the neutral are such classic shades -- and look especially chic when paired up. Maybe this means I'll give my last fall/winter's all-gray, all-the-time look at rest. That would be refreshing (and about time).

Ralph Lauren sweater and 3.1 Phillip Lim skirt

Miu Miu sweater and Stella McCartney skirt
Stella McCartney sweater and The Row skirt

I really love the casual polish of these sweater-and-skirt combos too.  Perhaps not totally appropriate for everyday mom-mode, but definitely perfect for more dressed-up-day occasions.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Fall on the Horizon

While I have not even started thinking about my fall wardrobe yet... I was so excited to see that the fall fashion issues are out.  Just the inspiration I needed!  Starting with Kate the Great on Vogue. Cannot wait to see the Mario Testino pics from her wedding...

Now get me to a lounge chair so I can start my reading.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Dress Dressing

Freida Pinto in Lanvin /

Ah, the dress. It's so easy! One piece instead of two or three?  Throw it on and you are done. Love it. In fact, a dress is all I want to wear these days whether I'm running around town or going out at night...or even just hanging around the house, for that matter.

Mila Kunis in Oscar de la Renta /
I wish I bought more cute spring/summer frocks to wear now... I guess I will need to start scouring the racks for some transitional dresses to wear into the next season.

Friday, August 5, 2011

My IT Bag

I remember years ago, how I lusted, lusted after the original Balenciaga "Le Dix" motorcycle bag. I thought Kate Moss was the absolute coolest toting around that black leather prize.  I had to have it -- even though I couldn't afford it.  I carried that bag everywhere. And I love it to this day, as well as the bright pink one I subsequently bought.  

My mouth still waters at every incarnation -- the colors, textures, hardware.  My friend has a gunmetal-y metallic in a larger size that I know would make my life complete. The bright green, electric yellow, baby blue... Oh, have you seen the versions in croc? Beyond! I had to hold myself back from splurging on the canvas version I saw earlier this year. And then the raffia one.  Not sure what it is about the Balenciaga bag, but safe to say, it is my all-time favorite.

I saw an oversized one today on a superchic but casually-dressed woman -- a matte light gray with bright silver hardware. I think this might have to be my new fall bag. I've been wanting the Emile tote from Alexander Wang, and I really like the latest from Proenza Schouler. And of course, those understated Celine bags are amazing. But for me, I think, the Balenciaga motorcycle bag is still IT. 

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Summer Sleek

Love how Gwyneth takes a sleek black dress and makes it patio-party-worthy by pairing it with flat leather sandals.  Tied-back hair and minimal makeup perfect the look. 

PS. I think the dress is vintage Calvin Klein. Very cool.